Shares drifted upward since two years ago, now near its book value of $4.80.
The bank was shaping up but still underperforming. In today's market similar bank would fetch less.
Me think a sale is coming soon and someone is buying because of that.
Earnings has been strong. No complains there.
Credit and OREO has been stuck in the mud.
This $5.5 million OREO on a condo development in Absecon is troubling. Absecon relies heavily on Atlantic City, and Atlantic City is dying.
Stock dividends is a gesture, nothing more.
ALC experienced seasonally soft quarter. That usually rebound by 5% to 10% in the second quarter. No worry.
Overall, portfolio loans grew strongly for two quarters in a row. Though loan yield was somewhat soft.
Beside land, new office by Mountain Brook may cost $11 million inclusive of equipments in 1/4 of the 40,000 SF space. The rest are for rent.
The location is great. Access may be somewhat wanting. But there is no more land in the stretch. That's that.
All the heavy weight are now in the rented space nearby. It's in good mortgage market. Why not do mortgage banking? But then it is geared up for commercial lending, the people and all. Will be great if it can lever up in the next two years.
Loan portfolio is only half of its asset. Then asset can expand due to low financial leverage. Exciting things can happen.
A good quarter if we read between the line.
To put in perspective, residential real estate loans originations numbered 6.5 million loans per year in the four years leading to the bust. We are now at about half of that. LION's mortgage concentration was a good strategy. It still is.
No surprise. Earnings was $0.523 million, down from $0.689 million in 4Q15, but beat the $0.494 million in 1Q15.
However, it did not come from shrinking interest income as I expected. Margin did compress but it was more than made up with bigger loan pool.
Loan grew by $9.446 million from 4Q15 but provision was only $49K. Again, it did not penalize earnings by much.
Non-payroll overhead did not go up as I expected either. Maybe the Bank capitalized all expenses related to the new headquarter.
Surprise, but it shouldn't be, With the return of Mr. Sisk we have now 22 people on payroll VS 21 in 4Q15. Payroll went up by $53 K in 1Q16. Maybe Mr. Sisk is paid nearly $200K per year?
True, earnings is down. But I am encouraged by the loan growth. Maybe Mr. Sisk is already making things happen?
Five quarters later (from 4Q14 to 1Q16), asset grew $58 million, or 35%; Loans, $50 million, or 43%; deposits, $38 million, or 36%. After such rapid growth, t-1 is still 13.78%. which means the bank has room to grow further.
You can't knock the 36% growth in deposit but it clearly has trouble keeping up with loan growth. Bank resort to borrow heavily from FHLB, now $19.5 million. Not an ideal state.
More loans demands more provision which was partially responsible to weak earnings.
1Q16 showed much reduced earnings. Apparently SBA loan production slowed and it kept more loans in house since 4Q15. SBA loan production is historically volatile. We'll see what 2Q16 brings.
Low oil price encourages traveling. Which, in turn, encourages motel expansion. The loan type TMAK specialize in.
Head count now numbers 31. Overhead ratio came down. Perhaps due to expanded size.
They are about to run out of space, I think.
The effect of recap at discount( to insiders) and that of large option awards (again, to insiders) aside, CWBB continued to crank out satisfactory numbers.
The weakness in deposit gathering persists.
CWBB is only 1/5 the size of WIBC yet it made nearly as much SBA loans. Amazing!
ROE was around 13% due to somewhat higher equity ratio (perhaps needed due to its SBA business).
Besides, loan growth required additional reserve which in turn penalized earnings.
Interest margin drifted lower in the past two years due largely to low interest rate environment.
The above factors may all change and allows it to earn 15% ROE.
Shares flatlined for two years, I don't see any hold back from this point on.
Mortgage banking was pretty strong in 2Q so far. If CBCO can match its mortgage banking peers and grow its traditional banking (organically and through this First Avenue merger), we should see better results.
The wild cards are two.
--It may expense the merger related cost as they are incurred.
--it may need to increase provision due to larger portfolio loans.
Trust service took in less in 1Q than before. Perhaps the correction of stock market did a number to it.
I suspect 2Q would be better.
T Bank, N. A. was listed #88 of the top 100 SBA lenders in the nation. All the more remarkable if one were to consider its small size.
--The bank is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy. Even though capital ratio is strong at around 13%, in time it'll need all the capital it has. It can deploy the capital advantageously. This will take a couple of years.
--When someone makes a good offer the board has responsibility to consider. I'd say it's not interested in a sale but the currently low price makes it more difficult to say no.
It's easier to identify target and more profitable invest in them. UWHR may be ready to sell. I suspect the upside is limited to 25% from the current $4.40 price.
JGWE has serious operational problem and likely to have regulatory problem down the road. But share price indicates that the entire business is worth $7 million. It spent ten times that on advertisement in the past five years!
At least part of that went to building the name recognition one would guess. What I am driving at is this, the name alone is worth the price tag.
The competitive landscape changed so much that anyone can bid on the same deal. Which means that JGW will be just another bidder. To be competitive takes an entire new mind set and focus on cutting cost in every aspect of the operation. I am not sure that this highly paid management is used to that kind of thinking. It'll have to, or EMG and others will eat its lunch. It's scaling back, but too slowly so far.
That said, mortgage banking is on the rise and this acquisition should help the bottom line. The mortgage division can also benefit from JG Wentworth's name recognition. IMO, if this runs well, JGW can be saved.
Weak financial, continued losses, and more regulations can all derail the revival effort. If JGW should survive on its own, the $0.29 per share is definitely cheap. If it needs to raise additional capital, then it depends.
I don't think it'll go down in flames. There is so much tax asset--an unfortunate outcome--it's worth salvaging.
The odds is good that it'll experience another hiccup or two. That would be the better scenario.
IMO price can drift upwards if additional news were not so gloomy. Maybe just my wishful thinking.
With all the heavyweights in this new Birmingham office, I an certain lots of efforts were made to grow loans.
Loan may grow pretty well, I suspect loan yield remains under pressure. It beats investment in Treasury.
ALC should resume growth. It may add $2 million or so on its loan portfolio. I'd like to see margin to hold up but that's too much to hope for.
USBI may sell some of its investment to support loan growth. Given the low interest rate, it may report some gains on sale.
On the whole USBI should earn a better return this quarter.